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Robert Antony Hayward (born 11 March 1949) was British Conservative Member of Parliament for Kingswood from 1983 to 1992, when he lost his seat to Labour's Roger Berry. In 1993, Hayward was an unsuccessful candidate at the Christchurch by-election.

Rob received a OBE in 1993 for his services during the Iraq War (1991), when he established and ran a support service for families who needed information about their loved ones fighting abroad. This service ran from Rob's home address for the duration of the conflict.

He currently still lives in London and is working as CEO of the Beer and Pub Association where he has stewarded through difficult legislation regarding opening hours and the smoking ban.

Rob has been a prominent and influential spokesmen on gay and lesbian issues since coming out after leaving parliament, and was one of the founding members of the Kings Cross Steelers who successfully competed as the first Gay Rugby Union team in the world. In 1997, he was interviewed on a Panorama edition about gay and lesbian issues as a member of the executive of the Stonewall organisation.



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